In Touch with God: Advent meditations on biblical prayers: The Archbishop of York’s Advent Book by Michael Green & Rosemary Green (SPCK, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-0-281-07812-).
“Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Isaiah, Mary...This sequence of twenty-five meditations looks at how great biblical heroes of faith turned to God in times of need and in times of joy, showing how a better understanding of their experience can help us to keep in touch with God today.”
Bible Matters: Meeting God in his word by Tim Chester (IVP, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-78359-579-2).
“Of course the Bible matters. It is God's word to us. But how do we engage with its message? Tim Chester creates a sense of expectation, causing our reading of the Bible to become a living experience in which we encounter God. Amazingly, this God of the universe speaks to us each day! Here is a personal, clear, intentional and sufficient message for our lives.”
Intercessions for a Hurting World: A hundred jargon-free prayers for public worship and personal devotion by Nick Fawcett (Kevin Mayhew, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-84867-915-3).
“In a hurting world that needs praying for more than ever, Nick Fawcett provides a new collection of a hundred jargon-free prayers to meet that need. Avoiding religious jargon and using instead, language that speaks to all, he provides an invaluable resource for those leading intercessions in public worship, so that they may pray meaningfully, thoughtfully and confidently. Intercessions for a Hurting World doesn’t simply remind us of matters we sometimes ignore or forget, it also brings home the reality of human need and prompts us into action.”
The Bumper Book of Resources: Instant Youth Group, edited by John Cox (Kevin Mayhew, £24.99 (£22.50); 978-1-84867-914-6).
“Imagine if you had in one place material from some of the most well-respected writers for young people. Anyone who works with young people knows how difficult it is to come up with something fresh and exciting that will keep them interested. And in today’s increasingly busy world, time is shorter than ever. Now imagine if there was a book that you could just dip into to help you with prayers, services, sermon ideas and illustrative material, both for general and all-age worship, that covers the major festivals of the Christian year. . .”
Doorkins the Cathedral Cat by Lisa Gutwein, illustrated by Rowan Ambrose (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, £10.99 (£9.90) 978-1-78592-357-9).
“Meet Doorkins, the smallest yet most recognisable member of the Cathedral. With wedding guests to entertain, meetings with the Queen to attend and tired staff to look after, Doorkins has a busy week lined up ahead of her.Following the real life exploits of Doorkins, Southwark Cathedral's self-proclaimed 'Magnificat', this charming picture book gives a complete tour of the Cathedral, and is sure to raise a smile on the face of any cathedral attendee, or fan of cats.2
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.